Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Google I/O 2011 Begins with Anticipated Android and Google Music Launches


Google I/O, the company's annual technology mega-conference, kicked off Tuesday with a keynote address on the ongoing success of Android. Upcoming presentations are expected to include updates on Google TV, Google Music, and a raft of other programs and applications.

This year's conference tickets sold out in a lightning-fast 59 minutes, which means a lot of potential visitors did not manage to attain entry. No matter really. Unless you are someone who feels like seeing these presentations in person is absolutely essential, there's no reason to fret, as they are sure to be available on the Internet in slide and video form, in the same way that I/O 2010's content is still available on Google.

Last year's event saw the launch of Android 2.2 to various exclamations of industry praise and excitement, so it's fitting this year's conference launched with more news about the product. Among the items covered on the first day were reportedly the upcoming launch of Android 3.1, which included some general boasting as to the overall success of Android as a whole.

It's not necessarily gratuitous of Google to brag about Android's success. It is currently, according to them, fueling more than a 100 million devices world-wide, no small number. With the launch of Android Ice Cream Sandwich, anticipated in time for the fourth quarter of 2011, Google will have an open source OS platform that, it claims, is designed to run on everything.

Android 3.1 will also allow the launch of Google Movies. Rentals can stream directly to your phone or other Android device. In line with their multimedia expansion, they also announced the beta version of Google Music as well.

Some critics have already begun to grumble about this year's anticipated roll-outs, however, despite the fact that it has just started. Google's detractors have pointed out the company's previously problematic approach to devices versus its rather expert handling of software. Most of the criticism so far appears to revolve around Honeycomb, a problematic and bug-filled gadget, launched a couple of months ago. With that most recent failing in mind, some in the tech world seem skeptical about anticipated announcements involving Google TV and Google Music in particular.

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